Today, temperatures were expected to be dangerously high. Especially in Palo Duro Canyon.

As we make our way into the start of the summer months and warmer temperatures, it's important to be safe and know the signs of heatstroke.

The Mayo Clinic lists symptoms of heatstroke as:

  • High body temperature
  • Altered mental state (confusion, slurred speech, delusions, and other similar symptoms)
  • Alteration in sweating
  • Nausea, vomiting, headaches
  • Rapid breathing and heart rate
  • Flushed skin

I learned the hard way, a few weeks ago, that heatstroke is nothing to take lightly; after two days of drinking beer and working in my yard. I was sick, sunburned, and miserable.

The best thing you can do for someone who may be suffering from heatstroke is get them to some shade, start cooling them off, and get them to a hospital or doctor. The ways you can help cool them off are all pretty simple.

First, get that person to some shade or indoors and out of the heat. Then remove any excess clothing.

You can put them in a cool bath or shower. You can also use a sponge or washcloth to put some cool water on them. Fanning them while misting them with cool water, or spraying that person with the water hose also work.

If you are able to make some ice packs, you can place one on their head, neck, armpits, and groin to cool them off. Cool, wet washcloths also work.

The best way to keep from getting heatstroke is to stay hydrated with water. Not beer. Not sports drinks. Water.

Also, take breaks when you're doing activities in the heat, and make sure your clothing is appropriate for the activity as well.

Be safe.

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